Bovine pericardial reconstruction of the diaphragm after a heart transplant

Kevin B. Ricci, Robert Higgins, Vincent C. Daniels, Ahmet Kilic

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Diaphragmatic hernias are a known complication of explanting a left ventricular assist device. The increasing use of left ventricular assist devices has resulted in an increased risk of this complication. We present the case of a patient who presented with diaphragmatic hernias on routine follow-up after a heart transplant. A left thoracotomy was performed to expose and reduce the hernia using a bovine pericardial patch to repair the defect. This biomaterial represents a viable alternative to traditional GORE-TEX patches with the probability of decreased infectious complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-278
Number of pages2
JournalExperimental and Clinical Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Devices
  • Diaphragm
  • Surgical complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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